Date & Time: Friday, November 22, 21:00 IST
Venue: Boland Park, Paarl, South Africa
Time running out for the Stars
The defending champions Jozi Stars seems to be going through a rough patch in the season as they have lost as many as four games that they have played. Another loss could build more pressure on them as they may even end the season at the halfway mark. On the other hand, Paarl Rocks after starting the season with a win against the Blitz have lost to Spartans in the last game which unveiled the mediocre form of their bowling unit. Now the contest between these two sides could well be decided on how both bowling units perform on a surface that is known for producing high scoring games.
Paarl Rocks possible XI
Henry Davids, Cameron Delport, Faf du Plessis(c), James Vince, Dwaine Pretorius, Mangaliso Mosehle(w), Isuru Udana, Hardus Viljoen, Bjorn Fortuin, Tabraiz Shamsi, Kerwin Mungroo
Jozi Stars possible XI
Chris Gayle, Reeza Hendricks, Temba Bavuma(c), Rassie van der Dussen, Sinethemba Qeshile(w), Daniel Christian, Simon Harmer, Gerald Coetzee, Kagiso Rabada, Aaron Phangiso, Duanne Olivier.
The surface in Paarl has proved to be high scoring in the two matches played. So it is likely to remain the same for today’s match as well.
The last match is the only instance where he did not score any runs in the last 5 matches. He has scored at least a 30+ score in the period. Now as the side is coming into the contest after a defeat it’s crucial that he comes back to his scoring ways. He has a PPM of 54 and an MDTA of 1.25 in the last 5 games.
The Stars is yet to open their account in the season, but the skipper has been consistent throughout irrespective of end results. His performance is one of the reasons for the side to put up a fight in the matches played so far. There is every chance he will continue the same in today’s game as well. It is the side’s must-win game. He has an impressive MDTA of 1 in the tour.
The England batsman has continued from where he left in the recent New Zealand series. His knock may have gone in vain in the first match but it proved to be decisive for fantasy cricket players. We expect him to continue his good form in today’s match as well. He has a PPM of 60.2 and an MDTA of 1.67 in the last 5 matches.
His good starts may not have come in handy for the team in the end result but his performances proved to be too good for fantasy players. His PPM of 56.7 and MDTA of 1.33 in the tour makes him a must-have in today’s match.
The Universe Boss is yet to make his mark in the tournament as he failed to cross 20 runs mark in the four matches played. But there is a chance for him today to come up with a big knock as the opposition doesn’t have a bowler who can trouble him with pace. In addition, it might be the last chance for him to keep his place in the side.